The Perfect Richmond Braces for a Beautiful Smile

Braces can unlock a level of self-assurance you never knew you had. When your teeth align beautifully, you'll find yourself smiling more often and with greater confidence. Welcome to Villa Orthodontics, where we specialize in creating beautiful smiles through the modern magic of braces. We're here to guide you on a journey that combines the artistry of orthodontics with the comfort and convenience of today’s treatments.

How Do Braces Work?

Once placed on your teeth, our Richmond braces place constant pressure on your teeth, and the force of the pressure helps move your teeth into the proper position. At each appointment, your orthodontist may tighten the archwires.

In addition to braces, some patients may need to wear rubber bands or headgear. Patients wearing braces may notice their teeth feeling a little loose. This is normal and temporary; once the teeth are done moving, this feeling will go away.

Types of Braces

Because everyone is different, Villa Orthodontics has a wide selection of braces to meet your needs. We believe in giving you options and providing you with complete information about your dental choices.

Traditional Metal Braces

Remember the old-school braces? Well, they've come a long way! Our modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and incredibly effective. You can even add a splash of color with colored elastics for a fun and personalized look. Metal braces straighten your teeth using brackets and archwires made from high-grade stainless steel.

Ceramic Braces

If you'd like something less noticeable, ceramic braces might be your go-to choice. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. They blend in with your teeth and are as effective in correcting misalignments. Just keep in mind that they may need a bit more TLC to stay pristine.

Self-ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces have the same material as metal braces but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. Since they do not require the use of elastics, there will be fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. They're great for those who might be a little anxious about orthodontic visits.

Clear Aligners (Invisalign)

Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are the modern way to straighten your teeth without the need for brackets and wires. They are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. You can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle.

What Braces Are Made of

Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
Ligature Elastic
Elastics, or rubber bands, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment.

Eating With Braces

Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Treatment For All Ages

Braces for Kids

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven, including those in need of braces in Glen Allen.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Braces for Teens

The teenage years are a prime time for orthodontic treatment. By this age, most teens have a mix of permanent and baby teeth, creating an ideal opportunity for orthodontists to assess and address various dental and jaw issues.

Orthodontic treatment during adolescence can help correct misaligned teeth, improve bite function, and enhance facial aesthetics.

  • Alignment and Aesthetics: Braces can efficiently correct crooked or misaligned teeth, giving you a straight, symmetrical smile that boosts your self-esteem and confidence.
  • Improved Function: Properly aligned teeth ensure that your bite functions as it should. Preventing issues like jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and premature wear and tear on teeth.
  • Oral Health: Braces can make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
  • Traditional Metal Braces: These braces can be personalized with colorful elastics, allowing teenagers to express their style while effectively addressing orthodontic issues.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces: For teens looking for a more discreet option, clear ceramic braces provide effective treatment with a less noticeable appearance.
  • Invisalign Clear Aligners: Invisalign offers a nearly invisible option, allowing shy teens to undergo orthodontic treatment without drawing attention to their braces.
  • Lingual Braces: Completely hidden behind the teeth, lingual braces are an excellent choice for those who prefer a private orthodontic solution.
  • Self-Ligating Braces: These braces are ideal for busy teenagers, requiring fewer appointments for adjustments while maintaining a sleek appearance.

Braces for Adults

Orthodontic treatment isn't just for teenagers; it's a fantastic option for adults too! In fact, a significant number of adults are choosing to pursue orthodontic care to improve their oral health and boost their confidence.

At Villa Orthodontics, we understand that adult patients have unique needs and concerns. They can be busy, concerned with keeping a professional look, and may want treatment that requires less patient compliance.

  • Traditional Metal Braces: Discreet Options: We offer inconspicuous options like clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners for those who don’t want treatment to impact their appearance.
  • Oral Health Benefits: When you opt for treatment, you can get straight teeth that are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease, cavities, and other dental issues.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Self-ligating braces and Invisalign aligners offer comfortable and convenient treatment options, accommodating your busy lifestyle.
  • Addressing Past Treatment: If you had orthodontic treatment in your youth but didn’t complete it, we can help address orthodontic relapse and achieve the smile you desire.

Common Concerns with Braces

We understand that getting braces can be both exciting and overwhelming, as there may be some common concerns that hold people back from getting treatment. To help you with your decision, we have addressed these issues head-on:

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Game, set, match—we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.


Achieve Your Perfect Smile Today!

Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues, costing you more in the end. To learn more about the benefits of our Richmond braces treatment for your individual case, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.

We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

Scroll to Top